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Den kjente skateboarderen Tony Hawk har hatt stor suksess sammen med Activision, og til tross for at de siste spillene ikke har vært av spesielt god kvalitet har han likevel tjent en god slump penger. EA tok på mange over subsjangeren med Skate-spillene, og med Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 gikk avtalen med Activision ut.
I et intervju med Jenkem Magazine forteller Hawk nå at han jobber med et nytt spill, men det er altså ikke sammen med Activision. Han kan imidlertid ikke gi noen detaljer, men bekrefter at noe er på gang:
"I'm potentially working on something, but it's so early I couldn't talk about it. I don't have any contracts signed, but it's exciting. I feel like it's with the right people so I should know more in the next couple months."
Videre i intervjuet kommer det frem at han ble kontaktet av både en navnløs programmerer og Rockstar før han signerte med Activision, og begge hadde hver sine ideer til alternative kontrollmetoder. Ingen av disse ideene ble noe av, og alle som husker Shred er nok enige i at det kan ha vært like greit.
"I had a PC programmer approach me a couple years before to pitch a skate game with him. We took a few meetings with Nintendo, Midway, and Gottlieb. His version was really early so we didn't have the best pitch. Also we came up against a lot of push back. The people at Midway literally said, "Skateboarding isn't even popular, why would anybody want to buy a skateboarding video game?" He gave up, but because we had taken a few meetings my name was out there in the video game world as someone who wanted to do a game.
Then Rockstar Games, approached me to do something with foot controls. They had a decent idea but I thought the game was too hard to pick up. It was almost as hard as real skateboarding. I was wavering on that and then Activision called me, and I knew right away that was exactly what I wanted to work on. It was already fun to play, you didn't have to know how to skate, and the controls were easier to understand. I signed on with them and the other game became Thrasher: Skate and Destroy."